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Graphic element A virtual testing system for the stamping of metal sheets for automotive parts
     
 
Using novel numerical simulation techniques, a new system allows optimisation of the entire metal stamping process, from design to production.
 

Formed metal parts are commonplace in many everyday items from automobiles to cooking utensils, but due to the high cost of tool production and time delays if the tools fail to perform properly during testing, there is increasing interest in the numerical modelling of the forming process prior to tool production.

This project, carried out by Volkswagen and Engineering Systems International, was aimed at creating a virtual testing system using novel numerical simulation techniques for the stamping of metal sheets for automotive parts. The new system allows optimisation of the entire process from design to production, including parts design and selection of sheet thickness, and has led to dramatic reductions in the time required to bring a part to market by eliminating the need for prototype tools.

The system has now been widely implemented at VW, AUDI and SKODA plants. Partners say this was the right project at the right time. The need for cost reduction was urgent and constantly increasing in the automotive industry, and before this project a full understanding of numerical simulation technologies was still to be developed.

Cordis RCN: 21633
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FR FRANCE Education

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FR MEDITERRANEE
DE HESSEN
DE NIEDERSACHSEN
IT NORD OVEST
DE BAYERN

   
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